Many places, such as the United States, the UK and China, have experienced steady numbers of transferees, and a few others, such as Singapore, have seen dramatic increases in corporate relocations. Singapore is a bustling hub for business and industry populated by about 5 million people, thus it's no surprise that this can be a top destination for relocating -- and relocating with pets.
Steps for Moving a Pet to Singapore
Moving to Singapore with pets requires about two to four months of careful preparation, and depending on where you're coming from, you'll also be facing quarantines of varying length. For the Continental US, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Austria, France, Germany and Italy these are the steps to keep in mind:
1. Six Months Continuous Residence in Country of Export (or since birth)
Your issuing veterinarian (i.e. local veterinarian) will need to state on the health certificate that your pet has resided continuously in the country of export for the six months prior to departure or since birth.
Your government veterinarian (for example, the USDA) will also need to be willing to endorse paperwork stating that your pet has resided continuously in the country of export. Check with your specialist about this one, as there are exceptions (such as pets coming from Shanghai).
Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785, and AVID 9-digit chips are accepted as well.
3. First Rabies Vaccination & Certificate & All Other Vaccinations
All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation, and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain - some are good for two years, others are only good for one. This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine. For import into Singapore, the first rabies vaccine must be OLDER than four months.
Other Vaccinations (List on Separate Certificate)
Cat Flu (Feline calcivirus, Feline viral rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia psittaci)*
Cat Enteritis (Feline Panieukopaenia / Feline parvovirus)*
*At least two weeks prior to import.
(Wait 30 days between these two steps)
4. Rabies Serology (FAVN) Test
Your vet will need to perform a rabies blood test on your pet at least 30 days after the first rabies vaccination, but within six months prior to export. The results need to show your pet has a rabies titre test of =/> .5 IU/mL.
5. Second Rabies Vaccination & Certificate
All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain - some are good for two years, others are only good for one. This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine. For import into Singapore, the second rabies vaccine must be OLDER than 30 days at the time of import. The second rabies vaccine must be given AFTER the titer blood draw. It can be performed on the same day as long as it is done in the correct order.
6. Reserve Quarantine Space
Once the original lab results come back from the rabies serology FAVN test, you will be ready to apply for quarantine space. Be aware that there is often a wait for quarantine space in the summer and around the holidays, so apply early for a reservation during these times.
7. Import Permit
You must obtain an import permit prior to arrival in Singapore.
8. Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001) & AVA Veterinary Certificate
These need to be filled out by your USDA accredited Veterinarian, and it must be issued within seven days of the flight. It must also be stated the pet was treated for external parasites within 2-10 days prior to the flight, and internal parasites within four days of the flight.
9. USDA Endorsement
The Vet Health Certificate needs to be endorsed along with all supporting documents. Please contact your PetRelocation representative about the best way to handle this.
There is now a 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Singapore for pets coming from the Continental US, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Austria, France, Germany and Italy, and reservations must be made with the Singapore Animal Quarantine Station prior to arrival. Though travelers are often nervous about putting their pets into quarantine, be aware that Singapore facilities are known for being welcoming and safe; pet owners can visit every day, yards are available for playtime, and in our experience staff members have been consistently friendly and accommodating.
You can find out more about Singapore quarantine facilities on our site.
If you're bringing pets to Singapore from a country other than the ones mentioned above, please consult the Singapore government website, and if you have questions about any of these regulations, please contact a Pet Relocation Specialist for more information.
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bulldog
From: Bangkok, Thailand
My dog was vaccinated as a puppy in 2005 and every year since then he has had booster shots. What does this mean if I am planning to move to Singapore? What is required?
These are the pet import requirements for Singapore. You'll need updated vaccines as well as the Rabies FAVN test, and upon arrival there is a 30-day quarantine for pets coming from Thailand. You can find more information here, and you're welcome to contact our pet relocation specialists if you have any more questions.
Good luck with your travels!
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: 1 dog, 4 cats
Pet Breed: Dog - Labrador Retriever, cats - mixed breeds
From: Southern California
I am extremely concerned about relocating my pets this distance and for the quarantine period. My dog is almost 12 (not young for a Lab) and one of the cats is very skittish.
What is the most efficient way to relocate the animals from Southern California and how will they be treated during the quarantine period? What additional services can your firm provide to make this process as risk-free and easy on them as possible?
Thanks for your question! Your concerns are certainly understandable; moving with your beloved pets can be very stressful. We offer door-to-door services and often handle moves to Singapore, however, and would be happy to help you.
If you decide to enlist our services, a Pet Relocation Specialist would advise you regarding how to prepare your pets (with the proper vaccines, travel crates, etc.) and would handle all the details of your pets' move. For a better idea of what this would entail, take a look at the pet import requirements for Singapore. You can also check out Singapooch, a great blog about canine life in Singapore. (Singapooch also happens to be written by former customers of ours!).
Please contact us for more information or for a free quote. Hope to hear from you soon!
Sabah and Sarawak are two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. Brunei and Indonesia are also located on Borneo, and since these states have different import requirements from the rest of Malaysia, pet travel here can be a confusing issue to sort out.
PetRelocation.com recently moved some clients here, so we learned all about the do's and don'ts of importing pets to Sabah and Sarawak. Here is what we found.
First of all, be aware that Malaysia is not particularly pet-friendly, and local authorities may have regulations regarding the number of dogs that can be kept within residences.
The import requirements for Sarawak and Sabah can be broken into two categories:
(United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Brunei and Singapore)
When importing pets from one of these countries, an import permit and a health certificate issued within seven days of departure will be necessary. The certificate must be issued by an approved veterinary authority and state that:
1. No case of rabies has been reported to have occurred in the country during the previous six months.
2. The pet has been in the country for at least six months.
3. The pet has been examined and found to be healthy and free from any clinical sign of infectious or contagious disease at the time of examination and certification prior to export.
(All other countries not listed above)
When importing pets from a country not listed above, an import permit and a health certificate issued within seven days of departure will be necessary. The certificate must be issued by an approved veterinary authority and state that:
1. The pet has been examined and found to be healthy and free from any clinical sign of rabies and infectious or contagious diseases at the time of examination and certification prior to export.
2. The pet has been vaccinated against rabies using an approved anti-rabies vaccine prior to export at least six months prior to export and less than one year.
3. The vaccination history, treatments given and health status must all be certified.
4. A rabies serology report showing rabies antibodies of more than 0.5 iu/ml.
Upon arrival from a Category 2 country, the animal will be placed in quarantine for a minimum of 30 days or a maximum of 180 days. The exact quarantine period is 180 days minus the number of days from the date of the last vaccination. (This is similar to Australia's current quarantine policy). As long as the rabies vaccine is more than six months and less than one year old, the quarantine period is 30 days.
According to the information we found, the available quarantine facilities are located about ten minutes away from Piasau Camp and Lutong. Twice-daily visits can be arranged (weekend visits may be difficult to manage), and the cost is low -- a few Malaysian dollars a day.
Estimated quarantine fees:
Dogs: Large - RM 5.00, Small - RM 3.00
Cats: All Sizes- RM 3.00
Quarantine Certificate: RM 2.00
Pitt Bulls (including American Pitt Bull Terriers), American Staffordshire Terriers, American Bull dogs and mixes, Akitas, Neopolitan Mastiffs, Tosas, Dogo Argentines, Fila Brasileiros, Boerboels, Perro de Presa Canarios and mixes.
If a pet requires quarantine they must fly into Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Penang or Padang Besar where the quarantine facilities are located. It's recommended that pets fly with KLM (via Amsterdam) or Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) into Kuala Lumpur. Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong) or Malaysia out of LAX with a stop in Taipei are two other possibilities.
In preparation for pet travel to Sabah and Sarawak, it's also necessary to secure a microchip, approved travel crate, Rabies Titer Test and other necessary vaccines depending on the breed.
This information provides a good start, but there are more details involved with travel to Sabah and Sarawak. Please contact your pet relocation specialist with any further questions or concerns, and feel free to leave your Malaysia travel tips in the comments below.
From: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
To: Lima, Peru
Pets: Two Cats (Tiger and Trouble)
From what I understand this is going to require a lot of planning, so I wanted to start as early as possible. I have read conflicting information and would like to clarify exactly what is required of me to make this move with my cats. Will they be quarantined? As a teacher I am flexible and able to go to almost any country, so any suggestions of what country would be easiest and safest to travel to with my cats would be greatly appreciated. I am worried about my cats being a bit on the older side and that one of them is overweight. I am unsure if this will make the move more dangerous.
Thank you for submitting a question to us! You're right that pet travel requires plenty of planning, and getting an early start is definitely a smart idea. When moving older pets or those with delicate dispositions, first of all it's important to talk to your vet about whether or not they're healthy enough for the trip, and if they're not, to try to see about how you can improve their health by helping them lose weight, etc.
Second, it's important to choose a pet-friendly airline with established pet policies (we often fly with KLM, Lufthansa and Continental). Beyond that, spend some time researching the various pet import requirements for the countries on your list (here are the import requirement for Peru). Places like Australia and Singapore have quarantines, but others are less strict.
Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any more questions or if you'd like some help planning your move when the time comes. Good luck!
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Rabbits
Please advise what I should do to bring two of my rabbits to Malaysia and then back to Singapore. Thanks :)
First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Malaysia as well as the guide to importing exotic pets. Specifically, The Department of Veterinary Services for Malaysia offers some helpful information that will shed some light on how to bring rabbits to Malaysia. As for Singapore, entry with rabbits is dependent on your compliance with the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore.
In terms of general advice, here's a resource regarding rabbit travel that may be of use to you, and you're welcome to peruse our blog as well, as this topic does come up from time to time.
Thanks for the question, and please contact us if you need any more assistance!
Pet's Name: Lucy Blue
From: Breckenridge, Colorado
When we first discussed relocating to Singapore for a couple of years, our major concern was our chocolate lab, Lucy, as we couldn't imagine going without her. She had traveled across the US a number of times by car, but had never gone anywhere in the cargo hold of a plane.
We were also concerned about a potential long stay in quarantine for her, not to mention the paperwork and shots involved for export/import requirements. When we learned that quarantine in Singapore would only be 10 days if the paperwork and immunizations were absolutely perfect, we thought it was a possibility. After hearing of PetRelocation.com and the door-to-door service they provide along with expert advice about everything from travel crates to flight routes, our minds were put at ease enough to go ahead with the move.
In retrospect, I couldn't imagine doing this kind of move without PetRelocation.com. It was clear from how Cara Scott and her team handled the process that this company loves animals, understands their important roles as family members, and wants to do the best for their furry customers. Cara's attention to detail and the reminders and assistance she provided every step of the way decreased our stress around this move substantially. We will be calling them again when we return to the US!
Just ask Lucy, a dog we recently moved to Singapore. After moving from Colorado, Lucy completed the prescribed quarantine and has even been blogging about her experience.
If you have any trouble visualizing what a quarantine actually entails, check out Singapooch, which is full of great information and a video illustrating that, just because she couldn't go home for a few days, Lucy remained a pretty happy dog.
Moving a pet to Singapore? Find out what you need to know on our site and feel free to contact us if you have questions about anything related to pet travel!
Here's a little more info from the official website:
During the one-month change-over period, pets can follow the quarantine period from either the old or new import standards, regardless of which tests and treatments they have undergone.
-Pets from the United Kingdom, Hawaii, Ireland, Norway, Singapore and Sweden who enter the country before or on June 27 are not required to undergo quarantine.
-Pets from other countries where quarantine is reduced under the new standards (most other countries including the USA and South Africa) who enter New Zealand before or on June 26 will undergo the reduced 10-day quarantine period.
-Pets from Australia are not required to undergo a quarantine. Beginning June 28, all Australian airport checks must be done by an official vet and will only be done during certain hours (see the Guidance Document for more details).
-That being said, everyone is urged to prepare all pets under the new standards. Beginning on June 28, all pets must meet the new requirements based on their country of origin. If they fail to meet these requirements, they may not be eligible for import to New Zealand, or may be required to undergo further testing and treatment in quarantine.
-Pets from the United Kingdom, Hawaii, Ireland, Norway, Singapore and Sweden who enter New Zealand starting on June 28 require an import permit prior to entry and a 10-day quarantine period upon arrival.
Find more information about New Zealand's health standards as well as the change-over period for dog and cat importation, and please contact PetRelocation.com if you have any questions.
We're not the only ones who like to blog... It looks like Lucy, a dog we're in the process of moving to Singapore from the US, has her very own blog!
Lucy has been living in Colorado, but she's now on her way (along with her parents, of course) to live a life of excitement overseas.
It's always fun (and informative) to learn about the pet relocation process from a dog's-eye view, so if you have a move ahead of you, are curious about Lufthansa Airlines or want to know more about Singapore, take a look at Singapooch. It's a fun read!
We wish Lucy safe travels, and can't wait to follow her adventures in her new home!
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Dachshund and Lab
From: New Zealand
We are moving soon to Indonesia (Java) for two years. We would like to bring our dogs with us. We have no problem getting them to Indonesia - the problem is bringing them back. We have heard we will have to send them to Singapore for six months before we can bring them back. Is this true? Will they be in quarantine in Singapore? Is there another way around this?
Thanks for the question! First review the pet import requirements for New Zealand -- you're right that this is a tougher country to enter, and quarantine rules will come into play. It may also help to read the true story of a pet move to Australia in order to get a better idea of how a process like this works from start to finish.
Let us know if you have any questions about these regulations, Lyn! We'd be happy to help you with your move.
Good luck with everything!
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Maltese
To: Tennessee, USA
I will be moving to the USA in August and would like to know more about the procedure and process of moving my dog from Singapore to Tennessee with me. She is four years old, and I am thinking of letting her travel with me on the plane. Is there a quarantine requirement? What type of documentation should I bring along to prepare her to fly with me? This will be her first time on a plane.
Thank you for the question! To get started, take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. There is no quarantine requirement, but you will need to secure a few documents and vaccinations.
Please contact us if you have any more questions. Good luck!
Just a note to say that Coco, Martin and Justin are doing good! They have come out of Quarantine and are happily at our house now!
Rachel was very helpful in the process, her knowledge of the process was very thorough and she was very comforting to my wife in terms of alleviating here fears of the moving process for the pets. She was excellent (responsive, knowledgeable and understanding). Also, we were impressed with the efficiency of the delivery of the travel crates (plus the instructions and stickers and tags included). Your agent here in Singapore, Thierry Lim, was very helpful and efficient. All in all, I would say the move was very smooth and was much easier than I expected. Reading through the various websites on the web and the Singapore AVA website actually made it very confusing and scary. It reads like it is more complicated and difficult than what the real experience was.
Thanks again for helping us in moving with our pets to Singapore!
In terms of pet travel, the Chinese New Year is something to be aware of because many businesses and customs offices in China and a few surrounding places (including Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong) shut down during this time. Here at PetRelocation.com, we're sure not to ship any pets during the holiday week, and in fact we give ourselves a buffer on either end of this period in order to make sure our clients don't encounter any troubles.
This year, we won't be shipping any pets into this region from Feb. 1 to Feb. 9, which affected the schedules of about five of our clients. Once again, this shows that there are many reasons to start the pet move process well in advance. You never know if flight reservations, vaccination schedules or customs communications might be affected by a particular country's traditions or holidays, so give yourself plenty of time to sort everything out.
So there's another important pet travel tip: Whether it's Chinese New Year or August in Italy (when much of the country slows down for vacation), you never know what lies ahead. Make time for thorough pet shipping research, and always plan carefully.
Don't know much about Chinese New Year? Here are a few fun facts:
-Chinese New Year begins on a different day each year because it's calculated according to astronomical measurements. The dates are figured using science and math rather than religion or mythology.
-On New Year's Eve, it's traditional to hold a huge feast featuring "lucky" dishes like noodles, fish, dumplings, mandarin oranges and various sweets.
-Each year is named after one of 12 different Chinese animals, and 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit.
-Instead of celebrating individual birthdays, Chinese citizens track their age based on the animal of the year they were born.
-Celebratory customs include cleaning the house to rid it of lingering ill fortune, decorating with red papercuts (sometimes called "window flowers"), feasting and setting off firecrackers.
-The Chinese New Year lasts 15 days, each with a different theme, and ends with a Lantern Festival.
Here's wishing everyone a safe and happy year!
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Wheaten Terrier
From: California, US
Do you recommend booking a long (21 hrs) direct flight for a nervous dog or is it better to book a layover? Do you have an airline you recommend that flies US to Asia? -Risha
Great question, Risha! It might surprise some people, but we do generally recommend booking a layover in order to give pets a chance to stretch their legs and spend some time outside the travel crate. We often use pet-friendly airlines like Continental and KLM, as they make an effort to take top-notch care of traveling pets.
Please contact us if you'd like some help handling your move, and good luck to you and your dog!
Did you know that Jan. 2 was National Pet Travel Safety Day? It may be a little known holiday but it's not as specific as it sounds -- pet travel can mean an international move, a simple trip to the grocery store or something in between, and for each scenario it's important to follow basic safety rules. So, in honor of the new year, take the time to brush up on the pet travel fundamentals. Among other things, don't let your dog stick his head out the window, start crate training early on to instill familiarity before a move, and keep your pets in good health and up-to-date on all vaccines.
Pet-Friendly Vacation Gems
Maybe your New Year's Resolution involves traveling more; if so, you'll be happy to notice that the world is becoming ever more accessible to people with pets. Singapore has proven itself especially open to including pets in daily life, and it's becoming more and more common to find beaches, restaurants and hotels that truly qualify as pet-friendly. We recently discussed pet relief areas at airports, too, so do your research before you hit the road.
The holidays tend to bring out the best in people, and a glance at the news finds that adoption events and fundraisers did a great job of making life better for animals in need this season. Pilots N Paws, for example, is an organization that relies on volunteer pilots to relocate dogs and cats so that they'll have a better chance at finding homes. Read more about Pilots N Paws and stay tuned for PetRelocation's interview with one of the group's founders in the coming days.
Unfortunately, during the past couple of weeks tragedy has befallen two different pet travelers. It has been reported that a cat named Patch disappeared at the Cairo airport when her owner was en route to New York's JFK, and a German Shepherd mix apparently escaped from her crate at the Atlanta airport and was later found dead by the highway. Both pets were traveling with Delta Airlines (and were not PetRelocation clients), and neither incident has yet to be fully explained or understood by the parties involved. It's clear that something went terribly wrong, however, and here's hoping that heartbreaking mishaps such as these are never allowed to happen again.
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix Shi Zhu and Maltese
To: United Kingdom Manchester
Hi, I am moving to the United Kingdom next year around March and I love my little precious and wouldn't want to leave without her... I would like to knew if you could help me on how I could travel on the plane with my precious? Which airline allows pets in the cabin with the owner throughout the whole journey? Is there a transporter who can handle all the necessary paper work? Thank you very much; hope to hear from you soon.....cheers!! -Margaret
Thanks for your inquiry! There are a few steps to take to prepare for your upcoming journey. Take a look at the United Kingdom Import Rules and Requirements for an idea of what's to come, and certainly contact us if you'd like to enlist a Pet Relocation Specialist to help you plan the details of the trip in a timely way.
You may not be able to take your precious pup along with you in the cabin (see the British Airways site for more information about what you might expect), but that doesn't mean you won't enjoy a safe and efficient pet travel experience. Check with individual airlines for more information, or give us a call!
Don't forget to check us out on Facebook, too. Connecting with a wide community of pet travelers can make this experience much easier.
Good luck with everything and let us know how we can be of further assistance!
Unsurprisingly, we're not the only ones who have taken notice of Molly and her crew of do-gooders. She was recently given the "Most Versatile Blogger" award by Wilma the Pug and then, because this is an honor that's meant to be shared, she passed it along to us. We'd like to thank Molly for the recognition and, as is the tradition, share a few things about
ourselves that some of you may not know.
7 Things About PetRelocation
1. We're located in Austin, TX. Austin is a fun,
and extremely dog-friendly, place to live and many of our employees regularly bring their pups to work with them.
2. We're in the news. In response to a recent tragic incident involving puppies and flying, our CEO wrote an Op-Ed addressing the issues at stake when it comes to safe air travel with pets.
3. We love to keep in touch with pet lovers all over the world. Not only are we on Facebook, but we've created specialized communities there for people living in Singapore, Australia and the UK as well.
4. We offer discounts to military members. Service men and women can be deployed to faraway places without much notice, and we like to help make sure their pets are taken care of.
5. We move more than just dogs and cats. From horses to turtles, ferrets to cockatoos, we're not shy about taking on exotic pet relocations.
6. We seem to attract a lot of pug lovers. All kinds of pet owners send us pictures and stories, but there never seems to be a shortage of puglet pics at our disposal. Check out our Facebook photos if you ever need to get your fix!
7. We'll be at BlogPaws! Like many of you, we love keeping up with all the entertaining and informative pet blogs out there, so it'll be fun to get together with everyone this weekend. Hope to see you there!
Thanks for your inquiry regarding your cat's travel to Singapore. One of the most anxiety-reducing things for your cat you can initiate is to begin crate training. The travel crate will be your cat's temporary "home away from home" during her transit. Should she become familiar with the crate, it will be a comforting experience versus an anxiety-ridden one for her.
Please refer to this link for some helpful info on relocating to Singapore: Singapore Rules and Import information.
If you fulfill the necessary import requirements ahead of time, you can reduce quite a bit of quarantine time for your cat.
Additionally, you can get a quote for our services (which can help you plan and navigate your pet move) as well as download our free guide on pet travel to Singapore, which I think you will find helpful information, including airline pet carrier requirements.
I wish you the best of luck on you and your cat's relocation to Singapore!
Thank you for your question. Please find available the Singapore import rules and requirements from our website, www.petrelocation.com
Additionally, there is a free,down-loadable e-book for Pet Travel Guide to Singapore, which includes Free Singapore Health Certificates Forms A and C required for entry to Singapore.
Best of luck on you and your cat's move to Singapore!